Google Street View Goes to Its Most Extreme Destinations Yet: 4 of the Planet's Highest Mountains

Perhaps you've always been curious: What is it like on top of the world? But as for going yourself, well, you'll leave that to the adventurers.
Fortunately for you, one of those adventurers is Dan Fredinburg. And he's not just your regular run-of-the-mill adventurer, but a professional one at Google. In fact, Fredinburg's official title (one of them, anyway) is "Google adventurer," and he's part of Google's "Mountain Enthusiast" team.
Together with different groups of friends and colleagues, Fredinburg has traveled to four of the planet's "Seven Summits" (the tallest peaks of each continent) over the last year and a half. They bagged three of the peaks (Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Elbrus in Russia) and they made it to the Everest Base Camp, though seasonal conditions prevented them from going farther.
"When we got [to Everest Base Camp]," Fredinburg told me, "I did my best to try to encourage the different sherpas and other porters to go with me to go farther -- no one else in my expedition wanted to go any farther -- but they all insisted that it was definitely impossible given the time of the season we were in."
He continued, "I thought they just didn't want to go any farther, and so I asked what the probability of death was, and they assured me that it was certain."
On their way, they captured some of the most famous sights with fisheye lenses, and now anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can explore these extreme destinations in that particular mediated first-person experience we all know from Google's Street View.

By Rebecca J. Rosen
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